GreenburghTown Supervisor Paul Feinerwill introduce a resolution at next Wednesday nights meeting of the Greenburgh Town Board opposing the re-licensing of Indian Point 2 and Indian Point 3. Both plants were licensed 30 years ago. 30 years ago the NRC had different standards than today. Specifically, NRC’s current regulations prohibit the siting of nuclear power plants based on population density considerations and, in addition, according to the findings of the WITT Report, the evacuation plans presently in place are not workable.
Indian Point’s plant is aging. There are newer energy options available today. In addition, there is a constant threat of being a prime target for an act of terrorism. The time has come for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reject a renewal application.
The plants current license expires in 2013 and in 2015. It’s important that the NRC make this finding as soon as possible so that all concerned and involved parties can devote their time and resources to finding alternatives to the existing nuclear power plants.
Feiner said that in 2001 Greenburgh was the first of many municipalities in the HudsonValleyto pass resolutions urging Indian Point to be closed. Since the original Greenburgh resolution was adopted hundreds of elected officials have added their names to the coalition calling for the Indian Point shutdown. Many communities have passed resolutions calling for the shutdown of Indian Point.
“I’m disappointed that the plant is still open,” said Feiner, who pointed out that the decision rests with the federal government—not localities. However, I think we have a good chance of being successful in getting the NRC not to re-license Indian Point.
Feiner said that he hopes that every locality in the HudsonValleywill pass similar resolutions. The Greenburgh Town Board meets Wednesday, Feb 11th at 7 PMat the EdgemontHigh School.